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Azerbaijan Grand Prix 2023

Horner takes aim at FIA over frightening pit incident

Esteban Ocon was presented with a wall of people when completing his last-lap pit stop at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

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Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner has urged the FIA to "police" its protocols better after a frightening incident at the end of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

Alpine driver Esteban Ocon had driven the entire race on a single set of hard tyres and pitted at the start of his final lap to complete his mandatory tyre swap.

But with race winner Sergio Perez almost a lap ahead of the Frenchman at the time of his stop, the pit lane had begun to fill with FIA personnel setting up the parc ferme hold for completed finishers, as well as members of the travelling media cohort.

This resulted in horrifying scenes as people jumped to safety with Ocon entering the pit lane, narrowly avoiding contact with some who were blinded by the crowd of people around them.

The FIA has confirmed a review will take place whilst representatives from the governing body have been summoned to a hearing by the race stewards.

Addressing the incident when speaking to Sky Sports F1, Horner explained: "That is something that needs a review because Esteban is within his rights to pit on the last lap and finish the race in the pit lane if he wanted to.

"That is something the FIA needs to police a bit better before the end of the race."

No Red Bull celebration concern

Red Bull risked falling foul of a rule that has been tightened this season regarding team celebration, with mechanics rushing to the pit wall to show appreciation to its one-two finish courtesy of Perez and Max Verstappen.

But dismissing concerns over a potential fine, Horner said: "The regulations are quite clear and the Team Manager discussed it with the mechanics before the race and I think if you look, they have all got their feet in contact with the pit wall.

"It is crazy when we are getting into regulating where the feet of the mechanics are but you will find they were all standing where they should be."

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